works in peruvian box elder(unfinished)

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Project by peruturner posted 10-27-2009 06:17 PM 2649 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well guys this is what I been up to this days (blowing my mind with this new wood) this is sort of very fine oak I think is more like a peruvian box elder(the colors do not fade)they get deeper with time,very very heavy and dense,turns great if you have sharp tools,end and side grain,I have to wait till dry(30days+or-)before apply finnish,clear laquer

1)plate 10”
2)cover bowl (chinese type) 8×6”,end grain,top side grain
3)vessel,side grain 8×6”
4)vase end grain 6×6”
5)the wood before working,side grain 10×8x24” weigth a ton like it is
thanks for waching and comments welcome

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 06:20 PM

Wow gorgeous wood and super work too

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 07:05 PM

You certainly did right by that wood… beautiful work on beautiful wood.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 08:16 PM

el roble que hay aqui en españa no se parece a ese,al principio pense que era eucalipto,madera que para el torneado no creo que sea muy apropiada,de cualquier manera el trabajo esta muy conseguido,esas vasijas tienen que lucir mucho colocadas en una cocina.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 09:15 PM

Hola ramon no es eucalipto aqui hay bastante pero es rojiza la madera y no se utiliza para torneado se tuerze mucho (ya la he probado esta madera es una especie de roble de la selva aqui tenemos miles de maderas de todo tipo solo 350 estan catalogadas de las cuales solo unas 35 se usan las demas son para la mineria y otros en la ciudad de iquitos hay variedades de maderas increibles y sin nombre esta que tengo llego hace una semana y nadie sabe que es solo aqui lo que no se conoce se vende como roble,yo por eso cuando voy a la maderera busco en el roble ahi se encuentran tesoros invaluables,gracias por tu opinion Eduardo

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 09:33 PM

It certainly looks a lot like North American Box elder from the photos.
That would make it from the maple family I think.

Is the bark quite rough and deep grooves in it?
You did a lovely job on thos vessels by the way.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 11:06 PM

Bob it comes to lima from the jungle in blocks or 16/4 this one was a board 10×8x10 feet,terribly heavy it took two man just to carry a 10×8x48” in to my shop and have 3 more of those here to work on,lol the plate is from a piece 10×8 that decided to split in 3 to make some show plates instead of a big bowl or vessel,still have more wood to make those,only this wood takes longer to dry than the estoraque I got in here previously,wich still have some nice turnings to be made along a student of mine(woman)that I believe that after this expirience with peruvian woods when she makes it back home nothing will scare her to turn,lol

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 01:26 AM

Great turnings and The box elder looks fantastic.

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 02:27 AM

What a great collection of turnings. Beautiful wood.

-- John @

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#9 posted 10-28-2009 03:19 AM

I love the bold and random wood patterns. Made it all look really nice in some very nice turnings. I can’t wait to see them after the finish is put on them. Will probably bring out the patterns even more. Nice work.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#10 posted 10-28-2009 06:41 AM

Fantastic turnings. Your work is allways quite interesting. The wood is outstanding also.

Keep up the wonderfull work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 10-28-2009 06:43 AM

Wonderful turnings and the color is beautiful.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 10-28-2009 12:12 PM

Fantastic turnings, so simple yet so elegant and the woods are just beautiful. You are a talented turner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Ken Waller

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#13 posted 10-28-2009 03:39 PM

Nice work!
Once the wood is dry will you remount and sand or hand sand? Beautiful figure. The heartwood is reminiscent of tulipwood (as well as bo elder). Interesting that the colour doesn’t fade. Can anyone in your area identify the wood? I’m sure the major wood importers would be interested if they don’t import it already.
Great design and balance on your pieces.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#14 posted 10-28-2009 04:27 PM

Thanks for the comments ,yes the pieces are re mounted 2 or 3 times and re turn if it needs to then power sanding and finnish in laquer,then leave thebottom(spigot for the chuck)until is totally dry then finnish and sign the piece,lucky that summer is comming so the drying time is much less ,thanks

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#15 posted 10-28-2009 08:06 PM

Very cool looking wood and nice work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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